Rooted in the musical traditions of Nigeria, Angola and Brazil and infused with contemporary European classical and jazz styles, percussionist and composer Adriano Adewale’s music is a global fusion of musical influences that explores issues of history, identity and nature.
“Adriano Adewale boasts an imposing collection of firepower yet deploys it with rare restraint.” The Times
Adriano was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. For many years he was known as Adriano Pinto, a colonial name he received at birth. It was after he visited to Africa (Nigeria and Benin Republic) to discover his roots that he changed his name to Adriano Adewale Itauna, from the Yoruba-Nigeria and Tupi Guarani-Brazil respectively. He moved to England in 2000 and formed his first UK band Sambura, which released one album, Cru. Performing in various festivals and venues, Adriano was introduced to Antonio Forcione and soon became part of the Antonio Forcione Quartet who perform all over the world. He has shared the stage with Seu Jorge, Modeste Hughes, Netsayi Chigwendere, Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe), Tcheka (Cape Verde) and Jools Holland.
Visit Adriano’s Website: adrianoadewale.co.uk/
Is a professional bassist who enjoys a rich and very varied musical career.
After playing bass guitar in bands in and around London he was offered a place studying double bass at the Royal Academy of Music. Upon graduation he joined the London Festival Ballet Orchestra and was then appointed Principal Bass of the BBC Northern Ireland Orchestra. He later joined the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and in 1996 was appointed ‘Community Musician’ for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
His work has taken him to many different places, working in schools, colleges, residential homes, theatres, prisons, quarries and even supermarkets. He has worked in many different styles of music with many different types of people.
He has appeared with many other musical groups both here and abroad, working alongside revered musicians such as Herbie Flowers, Chris Spedding, Paul Brady, Jon Lord, Westlife, Jimmy Webb, Hothouse Flowers and Clannad.
Visit Adriano’s Website here: www.adrianoadewale.co.uk
Glyn Bush is a Dorset-based musician, producer, composer and DJ with a particular interest in drums and percussion. He has a wide range of experience in the music industry having worked with major labels, toured in the UK and abroad as well as running his own independent label. With Ralph Cree he runs Magic Drum providing drumming workshops in schools, colleges and arts centres as well as team- and confidence- building sessions in the corporate sector. He also leads the Magic Drum Orchestra with Ralph, which is a 15 piece percussion group playing a range of styles including samba, afrobeat, hip hop, funk and drum and bass. www.magicdrum.org.uk
Is one of Britain’s leading jazz drummers. Born September 1965. In 1979 – Studied with ex-Tubby Hayes drummer Bill Eyden. 1985 studied drums with Trevor Tomkins at Guildhall School of Music. Has played with many musicians including Courtney Pine, Bheki Mseleku, Jason Rebello, Gary Husband, Pete King, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Iain Ballamy, Leroy Osbourne, Ronnie Scott Band, Julian Joseph, Andy Sheppard, Tony Remy, Steve Williamson Band, Jean Toussaint Band, Slim Gaillard, Bobby Watson, Monty Alexander, Gary Bartz, Art Farmer, Archie Shepp, Freddie Hubbard etc. Has appeared at many International Festivals & recorded albums with Frevo, Roadside Picnic, Jean Toussaint, Andy Hamilton, Brian Dee Trio, Harry Beckett Quintet & Jan Ponsford. Appeared on Channel 4, BBC 2 & ITV as well as radio broadcasts. He has worked with Courtney Pine, Bheki Mseleku, Jason Rebello, Iain Ballamy, Julian Joseph, Andy Sheppard, Jean Toussaint, Orphy Robinson, Bobby Watson, Monty Alexander, Birelli Lagrene and Joey Calderazzo.
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Ralph Cree is a professional performer and educator in World / Ethnic drums and percussion. He has a condition called ‘percussionitis’, which means that for the last 18 years, he has had to obsessively play rhythms on anything within arms length of his body! In 2004 he and Glyn Bush set up the company Magic Drum which provide workshops in Afro-Cuban and Brazilian Drumming; ‘in-the-moment’ music making; and Music Technology. In 2004, he co-founded The Magic Drum Orchestra, a 14 piece Samba Band, who regularly play at festivals such as The Big Chill, and Camp Bestival, and local cultural events.
Having studied piano and singing at Trinity College of Music, Sammy went on to write music for dance and theatre. This led to composing music for nature films, including three National Geographic Specials with wildlife filmmakers David and Carol Hughes. The music for one of these “Rainforest” won the I.F.P.A award for musical enhancement of visuals and was nominated for an Emmy. For many years now she has followed a passion for singing and the effect that it can bring to peoples lives, leading the Luminos choir at Lighthouse in Poole. As a freelance workshop leader she has worked with many organisations, including Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras education department, taking singing and songwritring projects into the community….from prisons to hospitals…teenagers to people in their nineties… still constantly amazed at the transformation that music brings. http://sammyhurden.com/
Deborah has had a passion for music from an early age, perhaps partly inspired by listening to stories her father would tell about being in a rock and roll band in the 60’s. Surrounded by music throughout her childhood, she formed a deep connection with both classical and popular music, training first as a classical flautist but always finding her own voice through singing.
She moved to London to study music at City University where she gained a BSc.(Hons) Degree in Music and broadened her horizons to include Far Eastern music and Jazz.
Her career as a lead and backing singer has led her to work with many great contemporary jazz and soul artists as both the vocalist for Robert Mitchell’s Panacea and as an artist in her own right. She has toured both nationally and internationally, performing at several illustrious events including North Sea Jazz Festival, Bucharest Jazz Festival, Jazz A Vienne and the London Jazz Festival.
As a recording artist Deborah has released several solo albums and featured on many more with critically acclaimed groups and artists, Silhouette Brown, 4hero, Soundspecies and Shape Of Broad Minds to name a few, gaining a reputation as one of the leading independent artists from the UK. In recent years Deborah has re-joined the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, an institution which originally developed her vocal abilities aged only 16 and which regularly performs with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
She continues to tour and record worldwide as well as providing vocal coaching both privately and for well-established organisations, her approach drawing upon her varied studio and live experience with a focus on confidence building alongside vocal technique and performance practice for both children and adults.
Visit Deborah’s MySpace Page: Myspace.com/deborahjordanmusic
Dave Manington completed a Bmus degree at Nottingham University focusing on composition, then went on to study jazz at the Guildhall School of music the following year. Since leaving he has played with most of the top jazz musicians in the country; luminaries such as Mark Lockheart, Tim Garland, Iain Ballamy, Gwyneth Herbert, Michael Garrick, Pete Wareham, Gwilym Simcock, Pete King, Martin Speake, Alan Barnes, Tim Whitehead, Salena Jones, Roberto Pla, Tina May, Natacha Atlas, Martin Shaw and John Etheridge amongst many others. He’s also in demand for a broad range of different ensembles, playing with musicians from everywhere from South America to the Balkans both as a performer and as a compositional collaborator.
Visit Dave Mannington’s Website: davemanington.com/
Jack Ross is a London based guitarist and percussionist working as a session musician, workshop leader, composer and performer. He is a member of the alternative folk group firefly burning, and works with Scottish / Zambian singer Namvula Rennie. Jack has collaborated with artists including Cerys Matthews, Marianne Faithful and John Surman; composers Anna Meredith, Orlando Gough, and Adrian Lee in Ludi; producers Tim Friese-Greene and Tim Bran; and dance and theatre companies Wonderful Beast, Ballet Rambert, and Arthur Pita’s Open Heart.
As a composer Jack has written pieces for sinfonia ViVA, City of London Sinfonia, Channel 4, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Alongside performing, recording and writing, Jack is involved with many arts organisations across the UK as a workshop leader, leading creative song writing and composition workshops with non-professionals and professionals of all ages and abilities.
Visit Jack Ross on Star Now: starnow.com/jacktheguitarist